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The 10 Most Viewed Homes of 2020

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There’s nothing quite like browsing those real estate listings and allowing yourself to dream, but which properties most caught your eye this year? The team at realestate.com.au recently unveiled their top ten most viewed properties of 2020 so far, and it’s certainly an interesting mix!

What’s immediately clear is that many of us are beginning to value lifestyle over location, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a shift in perspective in so many aspects of our lives. Big cities are certainly not the drawcard they have been, with coastal communities and bush settings beginning to gain in popularity.

Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at realestate.com.au, said the must-haves of days past are definitely changing.

“It appears that during COVID-19, affordability may be of less importance to property buyers in regional areas, she says, “and people are perhaps looking for bigger places to live [that] aren’t currently tied to a central workplace.”

The most-viewed property of 2020 doesn’t quite look how you’d expect ….

1. 1 Linden Street, North Gosford, NSW

A surprising number one result, considering the property, but a VERY tongue-in-cheek marketing strategy from agent Richard Faulkner drew in over 330,000 thousand views to this house. How did he do it? With evocative descriptions like this:

“Complete with a bespoke mouldy splashback, the kitchen has been partially renovated, and the mould theme flows through to the main bathroom, with a mouldy ceiling, separate bath with attractive staining, and a severely deteriorating vanity.”

Leaning into this home’s questionable design decisions (some of which would be very much at home in our recent DIY Fails compilation!) combined with an absolutely hilarious promotional video was the secret to viral success, and led to the property selling for $535,000, nearly $90,000 above the asking price!

Watch the seriously funny video below:

2. 50 Carters Road, Dural, NSW

This one-of-a-kind property is the definition of stunning and you can understand why so many people were drawn to explore this luxury five acre self-sufficient estate, including a grand sandstone and timber manor from the 1800s, along with hydrotherapy spa, resort-style pool and exquisite gardens. 

Take in the full majesty of this estate here:

3. 6 Burrawan Place, Bangalow, NSW

How’s the serenity … Every inch of this secluded yet central property says relaxation, and clearly many, many people imagined themselves enjoying the coastal lifestyle across this 1344sqm home. 

4. 25 Paperbark Drive, Pokolbin NSW

Property number four proves that Hamptons-style design continues to attract buyers in 2020. This extraordinary property in the heart of the Hunter Valley is grand on every scale, with an outrageous amount of space, a bathroom for every mood and even a whiskey room!

5. 446 Maleny-Kenilworth Road, Witta QLD

If it’s space you’re after, the fifth most-viewed property of 2020 has it in spades, with an incredible 4000 square metres! This renovated 1920s Queenslander could deliver you your own slice of history, complete with granny flat and two sheds (one with extra height to store your luxury motorhome). Take a 3D tour here!

6. 32 Avenel Gardens Road, Medindie SA

This stylish Adelaide villa has undergone a striking renovation, and it’s easy to see why it is one of this year’s most-viewed properties! All the mod-cons are taken care of, with the sublime kitchen featuring amenities from Portsch, Calacatta, Miele and Siemens (and probably other Star Wars characters …).

7. 215 Clarke Street, Northcote, VIC

This imposingly beautiful Federation Queen Anne home in Melbourne has clocked up over 130,000 views since the start of the year, and one look at the interior photos will tell you why. If you want it for yourself, we’re sorry to say it sold in May for $3.6 million …

8. 12 Watson Street, Camp Hill QLD

Coastal Hamptons luxury gets another guernsey with this stylish lifestyle-centric home in one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs.

9. 36 Jacksons Road, Mount Eliza VIC

One look at the location and you’ll understand why more than 120,000 people have viewed this property online. With views of Port Phillip Bay and a list of resort-style features longer than your arm, you’re going to want to check this one out too!

10. 14 Williams Road, Heathfield SA

From the outside, this Adelaide Hills property screams I was designed by an architect!, a feeling you will not shake as you explore this truly extraordinary house. We can guarantee one of the 100,000+ views this property has earned this year was Kevin McLeod

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*All images courtesy of realestate.com.au